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Stories Added - January 2009
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Commissioners Court Makes Appointments
Houston County Courier -  January 2009

A rescheduled meeting of Houston County Commissioners Court met on Monday, Jan. 12 instead of Tuesday, Jan. 13 because of the state reception in Austin. Precinct 1 Commissioner Roger Dickey made his first appearance since his election and Precinct 2 Commissioner Willie Kitchen was not present.
Houston County Judge Lonnie Hunt presided.  All votes taken were unanimous, 4-0.
Commissioners approved and signed the order for the 2-year appointments of Houston County Historical Commission officials: Chairperson Maxine Ray Moore, Vice Chairperson Barbara Wooten, Secretary Alice Jones and Treasurer Marty Cash.
Also approved were the following names submitted by President Louis A. Medina for membership to the Houston County Child Welfare Board: John Schell of Grapeland, Pam Rains of Crockett, Debbie McCall of Crockett and Steve Meadows of Crockett.
Judge Hunt explained that according to Section 254.005 of the Texas Family Code, the court can appoint no less than seven and not more than 15 members, so additional appointees would be named.
George Crowson, Jr., reviewed the actions of the Emergency Service District No. 2 in the last year and one-half while Kim Johnson, CPA from a Lufkin auditing firm presented the audit report.
Ms. Johnson reported an "unqualified audit opinion," the highest audit rating given, and said she was "pleased with the shape" of ESD 2.  ESD 1 will be on the agenda for the next commissioners court meeting.
Glenna Enos gave an update from Service Center for Older Americans of Houston County regarding the $59,030.63 grant monies from Texas Department of Agriculture: Home-Delivered Meal Grant Program.
The commissioners also approved all salaries for new and/or transfer employees as well as a six-month salary increase for road hands in Precinct 3.
Judge Hunt called for a vote to approve advertising for bids to replace the courthouse elevator cylinder and installation of a pit shutoff valve.  He gave some background information before a vote was taken.  Since no CourtHouse Restoration Grant was granted, the state waiver expires the end of March and all quotes he's received are over $50,000.
He said, "It ain't much but it's the only elevator we've got."  A 4-0 vote authorized the county judge and the county auditor to advertise for bids, which will take at least 14 days.  The item will be on the agenda in February.
Continuation bonds were approved for county officials already holding office and new bonds were approved for newly elected officials.
A request by former Precinct 1 Constable Roy Smith for disposition of equipment currently installed on his personal vehicle was denied.  The equipment listed will be returned to County Attorney Melissa Mosley.
New District Attorney Donna Gordon Kaspar submitted a budget for the DA Apportionment Funds of some $4,228 and recommended three budget amendments or transfers.  Her submissions were approved.
Authorization to advertise to accept bids for one new pickup for Precinct 1 Commissioner Dickey was approved.  Dickey said, "I'm just about afoot," and permission to buy a computer and 2-way radio was granted to Precinct 1 Constable Morris Luker who has been using his own personal laptop.
Minutes of the last meeting held Tuesday, Dec. 23, budget amendments and payment of bills and expenses and related budget transfers were unanimously approved.







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